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Star Trek: Vanguard #3: Reap the Whirlwind

Star Trek: Vanguard #3: Reap the Whirlwind [Kindle Edition]

David Mack
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The mystery of the Taurus Reach is about to be revealed.

Ancient secrets lie on the fourth planet of the Jinoteur system, and three great rivals are fighting to control it. The Federation and the Klingon Empire want to wield its power; the Tholian Assembly wants to bury it.

But the threat stirring on that distant world is more dangerous than they realize. The Shedai, who ruled the Taurus Reach aeons ago, have risen from their ages of deathlike slumber -- to gather, marshal their strength, and take their revenge.

To keep Jinoteur from falling into enemy hands, the crews of Starbase Vanguard and the U.S.S. Sagittarius must risk everything: friends...loved ones...their own lives. But the sacrifices they make may prove too terrible for them to bear.

About the Author

David Mack is the author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the USA Today best-seller A Time to Heal and its companion volume, A Time to Kill. Mack's other novels include Star Trek: DS9: Warpath, Star Trek Vanguard: Harbinger, Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wildfire, and numerous eBooks and short stories. Mack also cowrote two episodes of Star Trek: DS9, "Starship Down" and "It's Only a Paper Moon."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416534148
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (22 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCQ4KG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The saga of Star Trek Vanguard continues with the third book, Reap The Whirlwind by David Mack. This novel straddles the events laid down in the original series episode 'The Corbomite Manoeuvre' in the series continuity.
Set a week or so after the events of Summon The Thunder, Commodore Reyes' position in the Taurus Reach becomes more untenable by the day as the Klingons and Tholians push their boundaries outward and the spectre of war draws ever closer.
Lt. Xiong tracks the original pulse signal that was discovered when the station was first built to the Jinoteur system. Boarding the small Archer class scout ship Sagittarius, the crew hope to get there before the Klingons can and before their enemies and claim the system for their own ends.
Meanwhile Federation colonies, aware of the tense political situation, begin to withdraw from the Federation in an attempt not to draw fire from enemy powers. This brings Reyes directly into conflict with his ex-wife who is now Governor of the newly established colony on Gamma Tauri IV, a planet with a Shedai conduit hidden on it.
When tensions reach breaking point a storm is let loose as Klingons, Tholians and the Federation vie for control of the Shedai artifacts, but they realise too late that the Shedai are now awake and will not tolerate interference in their domain.
Reap The Whirlwind is one of the best Star Trek novels in ages. David Mack has a talent for writing engaging witty dialogue against the backdrop of action packed moments.
The book is essentially three stories in one, each tying in threads from the first two novels and setting up things for the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trek at its very best. 29 April 2009
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The third installment in this superb new series of novels in the classic Trek era certainly does not disappoint.First class character and plot development will leave any true fan of the genre highly satisfied and eager for more. Simply one of the best series of Trek novels in recent years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Star Trek! 25 Feb 2014
By Killie
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“Reap The Whirlwind” by David Mack is the 3rd novel in the Star Trek Vanguard series and it really highlights how these novels are getting better and better. The novel is full of engaging philosophical and moral dilemmas set amongst a thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable space adventure. Simply put, I believe this novel and the series in general is proving to be Star Trek at its very best.

The story itself picks up several weeks after the events of the previous novel, “Summon The Thunder”. The ancient and powerful alien race known as The Shedai continue to awaken throughout the Taurus Reach and are continuing to threaten the various Federation colonies that have spread across the region. The crew of Starbase 47 and its various support ships continue to try and protect these colonies from both the Shedai and the Klingons with whom tensions have continued to rise. However, trying to keep the information on the Shedai a secret is proving a strain, especially when one of the leaders of these new colonies turns out to be Commodore Reyes’ ex-wife.

Mack has really ratcheted up the tension in this book which helps to turn the book into a addictive page turner as the reader. This tension is expertly released via various exciting action sequences that don’t pull any punches as the body count continues to rise due to the dangers of the Taurus Reach. All of this is supported by some really wonderful characters that continue to grow as they face various challenges, both personally as an individual and professionally as a member of Starfleet etc. I now really feel for these characters and can’t help but feel for them as they are forced to face the wide ranging consequences that have resulted from their actions in both this and previous books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Setting the bar high once again 20 May 2010
By Rory Q
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I had a bit of a hard time trying to track this down at a reasonable price, so assumed that was an indication of what to expect from Reap the Whirlwind. The third instalment in the Vanguard series is just as strong as the previous two outings. I was surprised at how much David Mack managed to cram into this book, with a number of plotlines all running concurrently. Nearly every character we've been introduced to thus far gets a chance to shine; and more importantly, they are nearly all expanded upon so they feel more fleshed out and real to the reader.

I was expecting a lot of hints and mysterious threads in the story (with no real expectations of getting answers) to try and guarantee some more books, but was pleasantly surprised at how many answers are given to the reader, and the overall plot of the series is advanced significantly. If that wasn't enough, David Mack has cleverly set the foundations for the next stage of the story and given us a reason to dive straight into the next book.

Well worth the read!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars $20.39 for a Kindle book! 13 Dec 2012
By B. Wirth - Published on
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This is the only forum to vent this but $20.39 for a Kindle book that Amazon is selling for $3.99 for paperback! I read the first 2 books in the series for less than $10.00 together. Why the HUGE price difference??? Such a shame cause I was really enjoying the series.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NEW SERIES 23 May 2007
By Kay's Husband - Published on
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With the 3rd volume of this Vanguard series now out Star Trek readers can safely state with approval what a good series this seems to be. I enjoy the new Vanguard series equally as much as the S.C.E. series as each is very distinct in it own way.

I'm impressed with the number of pages in these volumes: with the 2nd book being larger than the first, and now this third volume of equal length. And a fourth Vanguard volume is scheduled for future release.

If you read Star Trek books, you might want to give this Vanguard series a try, the books are impressive with their colorful art covers, and the first volume contains a very nice fold out.

Not too late to get into this series, as only 3 have appeared.

Better 'beam one up' today

Semper Fi.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Return to the Taurus Reach 21 Jun 2007
By George Wood - Published on
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It's difficult to keep up with a continuing series when the books come out a year apart. "Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind" (published May 2007) is the third book in a series that started with "Vanguard: Harbinger" (published July 2005) and continued with "Vanguard: Summon the Thunderer" (published June 2006).

In the case of ordinary Star Trek books this perhaps wouldn't matter quite so much, everyone knows who Kirk, Spock and McCoy are, or Picard, Ricard and Data. But this series brings in a completely new cast of characters. Set in the period of The Original Series, it is placed on a space station in the distant Taurus Reach, an unexplored area contended for by the Federation, Tholians, and Klingons. It also contains a deep secret in the form of a massive genome left behind by a dormant, extremely ancient, and massively powerful people.

That said, there are a few characters from TOS, and in one case what might be a section of suspense isn't because anyone who has seen "The Wrath of Khan" knows a particular character is not about to die. But there's also a delightful surprise at the end when another character from that film suddenly appears.

Picking up "Reap the Whirlwind" a year after reading its predecessor, it takes a while to get up to speed. Author David Mack does a good job of reminding us who everyone is, and there is a very helpful "Vanguard Minipedia" in the back of the book, which unfortunately many readers may not discover until they get to the end of the book.

The story is good, many threads come together, and the book brings up interesting issues of ethics (or personal feelings) versus duty, or whether a potential threat to the survival of billions is worth a much more certain threat to thousands.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please boycott until Amazon and publisher lower price - this is outrageous 18 Nov 2013
By dmac - Published on
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The price of this book is outrageous and nothing more than piracy. I encourage you to boycott until they lower the price.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! Book 3 is great 3 Jun 2007
By Johnathan P. Adkins - Published on
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David Mack Is becoming one of my favorite authors and book 3 of the Vanguard series is the best in the series so far. You learn more about the storys lines of book 3 than both of the other books. If you have not read any star trek books you need to read this series.
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